In India, festivals are the celebration of togetherness, of being one of the family. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that is all about affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. It is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a ‘bond of protection’. This is an occasion to flourish love, care, affection and sacred feeling of brotherhood. Rakshabandhan, or simply Rakhi, is an Indian and Nepalese festival centered around the tying of a thread, bracelet or talisman on the wrist as a form of bond and ritual protection.
This venerable festival had taken its roots on the Indian soil in the 16th century. The medieval history of India tells us that when Chittorgarh was besieged by the vicious Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah, the widowed queen of Rana Sanga, Rani Karunawati had appealed to then Mughal emperor Humayun for refuge with a sacred thread as a token of her cordiality with the emperor. The Mughal emperor gladly accepted the proposal and vowed to defy her sister’s foes. From that day onwards, Rakhi has been visualized as a pledge for the defense of a sister from all adversities.
A noteworthy instance relates to the time during the partition of Bengal in 1905, when this festival was collectively celebrated by all Hindus and Muslims on the advice of Rabindranath Tagore. This was proposed as the determination to rule out all possibilities of communal violence.
Raksha Bandhan, the Indian festival symbolizes sibling love. On this day, a sister ties a sacred thread, called Rakhi, on her brother’s wrist and prays for his long life. The brother also promises to be there for her sister. The siblings also exchange gifts and sweets and spend the day together reminiscing their childhood and making more happy memories together.
Only the means have changed with the changing lifestyle to make the celebration more elaborate and lively. This day has an inherent power that pulls the siblings together. The increasing distances evoke the desire to be together even more. All brothers and sisters try to reach out to each other on this auspicious day. The joyous meeting, the rare family get-together, that erstwhile feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a massive celebration.
Happy Raksha Bandhan to all the brothers-sisters.
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